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REDMOND, Wash. - July 31, 2002 - Avanade Inc., Brocade, Dell, EMC , Emulex , Nortel Networks, and Unisys announced today the Internet Blueprint for the Microsoft Systems Architecture and the Internet Blueprint Plus for the Microsoft Systems Architecture. These are the first in a series of Microsoft Systems Architecture Qualified partner-led Prescriptive Architecture Guides (PAGs) by industry leaders designed to provide tested guidance to support enterprise customers looking to simplify core infrastructure implementations and reduce the time and cost associated with deployment of data center solutions built on the Windows 2000 Server platform. This solution is designed to deliver faster time to service with lower operational expense and better utilization of resources meeting the needs of customers looking for common operating environments, server and/or storage consolidation and migration to the latest technologies.

Today Microsoft Corp. also announced the Microsoft Systems Architecture program, developed with the goal of architecting, validating, and documenting a set of IT infrastructure architectures that simplify deployment and management of storage to support Microsoft software-based applications. Industry leaders Avanade, Brocade, Dell, EMC, Emulex, Nortel Networks, and Unisys worked together to design, develop, and qualify these prescriptive blueprints in the EMC lab in Redmond, Wash. These Microsoft-qualified architectures are designed to deliver a complete, Web-enabled, IT infrastructure, including servers, storage, storage networking infrastructure, software, and other tools and scripts to support an extensive array of e-business applications with a high degree of availability, reliability, scalability, and manageability.

To address the unique needs of Internet data centers running enterprise applications, the Internet Blueprints help provide enterprises the high availability and data security they need to meet service level agreements and run 24x7x365 operations. These configurations are designed to offer maximum information protection and scalability. The Internet Blueprint for Microsoft Systems Architecture is built to feature Dell PowerEdge servers and EMC CLARiiON® Enterprise Storage systems. The Internet Blueprint Plus for Microsoft Systems Architecture features Unisys ES7000 and EMC's Symmetrix® Enterprise Storage systems for highest levels of scalability and availability.

"Microsoft, together with strategic industry partners, is focused on delivering integrated systems architecture that has been implemented, tested and proven to lower implementation risks, improve ROI and reduce time to market," said Cliff Reeves, vice president for the Windows .NET Product Management Group at Microsoft. "We are pleased to support these industry leaders in creating the first partner-led prescriptive guide to support the next generation of Internet-based business solutions."

Don Swatik, Vice President of Global Alliances and Information Sciences at EMC said, "EMC has worked extensively with Microsoft and our partners to test and integrate EMC's information storage systems and software into these architectures. We provide our customers with reliable, cost effective alternatives to their mainframe and UNIX platforms. This close cooperation is fundamental in further establishing Windows computing infrastructures in enterprise environments."

"Emulex's participation in the Microsoft Systems Architecture program reflects our commitment to working with strategic partners and industry leaders to deliver a solid set of prescriptive blueprints that will simplify deployment of Windows-based data center solutions, while reducing the time and cost associated with implementation," said Mike Smith, Emulex Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "As the world's leading supplier of storage networking host bus adapters, Emulex is pleased to provide the feature-rich connectivity solution that helps enable customers to simplify SAN management and lower total cost of ownership." ...EMC profile, ...Emulex profile, ...Microsoft profile


July 30, 2002 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced that European orders for the co-branded StorageTek and LSI Logic storage systems had begun shipping from LSI Logic Storage System's Cork manufacturing facility. LSI Logic Storage Systems has been using Flextronics International in Cork for the past 1½ years to manufacture storage products for LSI Logic's European customers. Production of the co-branded D178 and D173 disk subsystem began at the Cork manufacturing facility last month.

"LSI Logic Storage Systems began manufacturing in Cork in 2000 to provide the best product availability to our European customers and channel partners," LSI Logic Storage Systems director of EMEA sales, Scott Brooks, said. "With the co-branded systems being built in Europe, we can now offer the same level of service to StorageTek's customers. The start of production of the co-branded units in Cork is another significant milestone in LSI Logic's relationship with StorageTek and further demonstrates our companies' continuing commitment to growing the European market."

Mr. Brooks said the factory experienced a smooth transition in preparing to build the co-branded units. "LSI Logic is highly experienced in developing customised systems for our OEM and Alliance Partners, and our expertise in this area allowed both LSI Logic and StorageTek to work through any production issues quickly." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...StorageTek profile


LOUISVILLE, Colo. - July 30, 2002 - StorageTek today unveiled the next-generation of its industry-leading Automated Cartridge System Library Software (ACSLS). As the widely recognized standard in automated library management software for open systems environments, ACSLS software now includes advanced display and reporting capabilities to enable customers with heterogeneous storage environments to consolidate storage assets and manage library resources from a single, centralized location. This capability helps users free up resources and ultimately save time and money.

As companies look for ways to more easily and cost-effectively consolidate their storage assets, StorageTek's ACSLS software delivers centralized library management and control to customers with diverse, heterogeneous storage environments. Because the ACSLS software allows a wide variety of client applications and platforms to simultaneously share StorageTek libraries, customers are able to reduce the number of libraries and drives, and as a result, reduce the amount of resources needed to manage them. With its enhanced display and reporting features, the newest version of ACSLS software provides dynamic retrieval of environmental information, expanding users' ability to proactively monitor, assess, and adjust their operations to maximize performance and increase business value.

"The release of ACSLS 6.1 software is in direct response to the demands from our open systems customers," said Russ Kennedy, director of software development, StorageTek Automated Tape Solutions. "These companies require increasingly simplified and cost-effective library management. Our enhanced ACSLS software product allows customers to seamlessly transform a diverse client application and platform environment into a centrally-managed operation that is less costly and easier to manage."

The new library management capabilities of ACSLS software provide overall performance, security, availability and maintainability of data in addition to greater display and reporting capabilities. Working with more than 29 leading ISVs, ACSLS software is supported by almost every backup/recovery and HSM application, no matter what platform they run on. ...StorageTek profile


Hoboken, N.J. - July 30, 2002 - NSI Software today announced a worldwide reseller partnership with fault-tolerant server maker, Stratus Technologies, to deliver distributed fault-tolerant solutions to enterprises worldwide. By combining the companies' best-of-breed replication and fault-tolerance technologies, enterprises achieve the highest level of application and data availability to preserve business-as-usual operations.

Emerging as the de-facto replication engine for fault-tolerant environments, NSI Software's Double-Take" product allows Stratus customers to build distributed fault-tolerant solutions that maintain replicas of critical information at multiple locations. Double-Take will be available with the Stratus® ftServer® family, an Intel® processor-based line of fault-tolerant servers for Windows® 2000 operating environments.

Through the partnership, Stratus also becomes the newest member of NSI's Xcelerate Partner Program with worldwide distribution rights, and sales and marketing support from NSI Software. Stratus selected NSI's Double-Take replication engine to enhance its portfolio of products for ensuring business continuity.

"Our partnership with NSI Software is in direct response to customer demand for distance replication capabilities," said David Mazursky, Stratus vice president of Worldwide Professional Services. "The reliability and performance of Double-Take complements our ftServer platform exceptionally well and enables us to quickly fulfill demand. Our partnership allows both companies to secure new market share and revenue by delivering uninterrupted business operations at an affordable price point." ...NSI Software profile


Irvine, CA - July 29, 2002 - StoreAge Networking Technologies today announced that its SVM (Storage Virtualization Manager) has been certified ca smart with BrightStor Portal, a new Enterprise Storage Automation solution from Computer Associates International, Inc. The ca smart seal is earned by partners who deliver eBusiness value and technical excellence through the integration of their products with CA technologies. The power of CA's BrightStor Portal to continuously monitor, measure and analyze the status of enterprise storage resources complements the strength of StoreAge's SVM to dynamically provision capacity, optimize performance and zone storage networks. StoreAge's virtualization technology combined with the single point of storage management provided by BrightStor Portal further reduces the cost and complexity of administering storage infrastructure. The result is an integrated environment where best practices for storage management can be encapsulated in policies that are automatically executed whenever triggered. Customers can select and consolidate the management of appropriate storage resources, increase application uptime and performance by allocating these resources on a just-in-time basis, and replicate and back up enterprise data without impacting business applications.

"Storage virtualization is a key technology for both simplifying the administration of and reducing the costs of enterprise storage infrastructures," said Mark Spowart, President of StoreAge Networking Technologies Inc. "The tight integration between our SVM and CA's BrightStor Portal is a great benefit to our mutual customers, providing them with proactive, automated tools to manage their SANs." ...StoreAge Networking Technologies profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 29, 2002 - Sony Electronics today introduced three new AIT libraries that are designed to provide automated and centralized data backup and recovery for entry to distributed and enterprise-level storage environments. The libraries leverage AIT-2 and AIT-3 technology for high capacity, high performance and data protection to serve and protect small to large businesses. AIT drives boast forward and backward read/write compatibility with all current generations of AIT media for long-term investment protection. Sony's new StorStation AIT libraries are designed for stand-alone or rack-mountable configuration and incorporate some of the most advanced and reliable robotics available. Because they are compatible with nearly all major operating systems and with most major backup and storage management software, their integration and operation is simple. Additionally, all of these StorStation libraries are scalable from one to two drives to accommodate growing storage needs.

Sony StorStation Library model LIB-302/A3: To suit the robust needs of the enterprise, the LIB-302/A3 features 30 data cartridges, includes a barcode reader, and one AIT-3 drive (upgradeable to two). It boasts a capacity of up to 7.8 TBs, and a data transfer rate of 224GB per hour.

Sony StorStation Library model LIB-302/A2: Targeted at both midrange businesses and smaller enterprises, the LIB-302/A2 comes equipped with 30 data cartridges, includes a barcode reader, and one AIT-2 drive (upgradeable to two). It features a capacity of up to 3.9 TBs, and a data transfer rate of 112GB per hour.

Sony StorStation Library model LIB-152E/A3: Geared to the midrange client/server environment, the LIB-152E/A3 comes equipped with 15 data cartridges, one AIT-3 drive (upgradeable to two), and an option for a barcode reader. It features a capacity of up to 3.9 TBs, and a data transfer rate of 224 GB per hour.

All three of these new StorStation AIT libraries will be available this month through Sony's commercial distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators. Pricing for the StorStation LIB-152E/A3 will start at an estimated selling price of $7,750, and pricing for the StorStation LIB-302/A2 and LIB-302/A3 will start at estimated selling prices of $9,500 and $11,250, respectively. Each library comes with a complimentary version of NovaStor's TapeCopy v2.0 Library Edition tape conversion and duplication software. ...Sony profile


SAN DIEGO - July 25, 2002 - JNI Corporation today announced that EMC Corporation has qualified JNI's FCX2-6562, a 2 Gb dual-port Fibre Channel HBA for PCI slots, as E-Lab Tested™. The designation enables the new JNI HBA to be deployed with EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems in PCI-based Sun Microsystems servers, including most configurations of the new UltraSPARC III-based Sun Fire servers. EMC conducts the industry's most comprehensive testing, assuring customers the highest level of interoperability assurance. EMC's E-Lab Tested qualification process is a series of exhaustive performance and reliability tests to ensure the interoperability of all components that make up a multi-vendor information storage network.

"EMC's qualification of a 2 Gb HBA for UltraSPARC III-based servers is an important milestone for JNI," said John Stiska, Interim CEO of JNI Corporation. "JNI now offers a variety of E-Lab Tested single- and dual-port PCI and SBus host bus adapters at a variety of performance and price points," Stiska said. "It is part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best storage network solutions for EMC and Solaris environments." ...EMC profile, ...JNI profile


MILPITAS, California - July 24, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation today reported $438 million in revenues in the second quarter of 2002, a 6% sequential increase over the $413 million reported in the first quarter, and a 6% decrease from the $465 million reported in the second quarter of 2001.

"Our second quarter results demonstrate that LSI Logic continues to gain momentum as all of our key metrics – revenues, gross margin and the bottom line – are moving up and to the right," said Wilfred J. Corrigan, LSI Logic chairman and chief executive officer. "Our bookings increased sequentially each quarter for the past four quarters. We achieved positive operating cash flow in the second quarter. We are on target to return to pro forma profitability in the second half of the year. The performance of our Storage Systems and Consumer businesses more than compensated for the weakness in the server and telecom sectors. During the quarter, our Storage Systems business produced strong results in both OEM and co-branded product sales. Our Storage Components Group recorded key design wins in the second quarter." ...LSI Logic profile


Munich, Germany – July 24, 2002 – Infineon Technologies today announced that it is sampling the industry's first hard-disk drive read-channel IC implemented in 0.13-micron process technology. Designed to achieve data transfer rates on a disk drive of 1.6 Gigabits per second under worst case conditions, the new read channels will help drive manufacturers keep pace with market demand for faster high-density drives used in enterprise data storage systems. Read channel ICs perform a critical function in translating the information encoded on magnetic hard disks into digital "bits" of data. With the new read channel, Infineon combines more than four and one half years of hard disk read channel development experience and its advanced manufacturing technology to produce a read channel with data rate performance 40% greater than currently available components.

"In the late '90s Infineon was a substantial player in the HDD semiconductor industry," said Alex Stuart, Research Director, Semiconductors, IDC. "Last year, Infineon was out of the market due to a major technology migration, so it is interesting to see that the company is now sampling a 0.13 micron read channel technology ahead of the leaders in the market. The real significance of this announcement is twofold: first, it positions the company as a serious participant in the system-on-chip business over the next few years and, secondly, it reaffirms Infineon's commitment to this marketplace."

First silicon was specifically developed for a strategic enterprise customer and is currently being integrated into drives. Infineon will release general engineering samples of the 0.13-micron read channel to qualified customers in the fall of this year, and plans to ramp production to support disk drive designs reaching market in the first half of 2003. ...Infineon Technologies profile


Santa Barbara, California - July 24, 2002 - An exclusive survey of over 400 storage IT managers was conducted by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. and Hattras, Inc. revealing that two out of three data centers with over one terabyte of disk storage capacity currently deploy a SAN, and this ratio will grow to three out of four by the end of 2003.

Companies with at least one NAS deployed today will grow from 38% to 60% during the same time period. A significant percentage of the companies surveyed own more than one SAN and remain cautious in their consolidation plans. Performance emerges as number one on the list of the most desired features. Who buys SAN's and why? What do IT managers like and dislike? Why did some IT managers decide not to purchase NAS? How many IT managers plan to move to IP-storage? What vendors captured the lion share of the market, and what are users criteria in selecting a vendor? These are just some of the questions that are addressed. Also, learn what keeps IT managers awake at night and for which solutions or services are companies willing to pay extra.

At a time where budgets are tight, and businesses are striving to improve their bottom line, storage software vendors also face changes to their standard licensing models. Learn how Microsoft is influencing changes in the way that licensing is structured and how this has lead to significant controversy among end users. This extensive survey sheds new light on IT operations - demographics for servers, hardware and software storage vendors, switch and hub products, as well as storage services, segmented by operation size.

The report is now available. View the detailed table of contents on the web. The report costs $3,950; additional copies to the same site are $395 per copy. ...Peripheral Concepts profile


BROOMFIELD, Colo. / OTTOBRUNN - July 23, 2002 - McDATA® Corporation in cooperation with IBM and Comparex has designed and implemented two SANs, at BASF IT Services, a subsidiary of worldwide chemical giant BASF. The BASF IT-Services data center is spread over two locations in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF IT Services chose McDATA Intrepid 6000 Series Directors and Sphereon 3000 Series Fabric Switches to meet its requirements for availability, data security and online upgradeability and activation. BASF IT Services also selected McDATA's award-winning SANavigator to manage the SAN because of its ease of use and comprehensive management. According to BASF IT Services, the McDATA SAN solution is delivering significant savings and is enabling BASF to optimize its storage resources. Moreover, the solution ensures higher data security and reduced administrational efforts.

The disc SAN was implemented stepwise during running operations. In the beginning of 2002, a data center spreading backbone was integrated into the SAN using four Intrepid 6064 Directors. According to demand, the disk capacities are migrated to subsystems in the SAN and via Sphereon Fabric Switches connected to two separate fabrics. At present, all Netware servers, Clariion subsystems, about 30 IBM and Sun servers, the backup servers, as well as the IBM ESS storage subsystems are already consolidated into the SAN. BASF IT Services plans to consolidate the disk and tape SANs.

In the tape storage sector, the backbone consists of four Sphereon 32-port Fabric Switches, two in each location, which comprise two fabrics. To connect the tape drives, BASF IT Services uses McDATA 1000 Series Loop Switches. By this consolidation in the tape sector BASF IT Services was able to reduce the data security servers from 20 to four and reduce the IBM Magstar Tape Libraries from 12 to six.

The two data centers of BASF IT Services in Ludwigshafen provide applications and resources to more than 50,000 users all over Europe. The IT landscape contains 800 Unix-, Windows NT/2000- and Novell Netware servers. The UNIX platform contains IBM pSeries (AIX) as well as SUN, HP and Linux servers. Numerous applications are used in this landscape, among which the SAP R/3 applications are the most important. Also used are Lotus Notes mailing systems, several database systems, Netware systems, and numerous infrastructure servers like DNS and NFS, Gateways, monitoring and print servers. By the end of 2002, capacities of about 90 terabytes will be available. ...COMPAREX , ...IBM profile, ...McDATA profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 23, 2002 — Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2002. Record revenues of $19.3 million were achieved for the second quarter. This is a 12.8% increase over the $17.1 million achieved in the first quarter of 2002 and is a 60.6% increase over the $12.0 million recorded for the second quarter of 2001. Year-to-date revenues totaled $36.4 million, a 61.9% increase over the $22.5 million recorded in the first six months of 2001. The net loss calculated under Generally Accepting Accounting Principles (GAAP), which includes amortization and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, stock compensation and warrant expense, patent defense costs, restructuring costs and acquisition integration costs, for the quarter ending June 30, 2002, was $9.6 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share. ...Silicon Image profile


Princeton, NJ - July 23, 2002 - Dataram Corporation today announced immediate availability of a comprehensive line of new memory upgrades for more than fifteen Dell PowerEdge servers. Supported models include:- Dell PowerEdge 500SC, 1400SC, 1500SC, 1550, 1650, 2400, 2500, 2550, 4400, 2650, 6300 and 6350. (For a full list of supported models and memory pricing click the link above.)

"Dell is a premier supplier of server systems and we are very pleased to provide our customers with these memory upgrades," stated Jeff Goldenbaum, Dataram's Product Manager. "Dell server users will appreciate the high-quality, reliable memory that we offer."

Dataram's focus on memory provides its customers with substantial savings when compared to Dell's memory. All Dataram memory products for Dell systems are guaranteed to be 100% compatible with Dell's hardware and software, and are backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support. Contact your local sales representative for a free 30-day, no obligation test-drive. ...Dataram profile, ...Dell Computer profile
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In the Wintel world whenever Intel is a bit slow in bringing out a new faster processor, manufacturers of PCs and servers don't worry, because they know that arch rival AMD is waiting in the wings and will soon come up with such a solution. That competitive pressure keeps the performance curve leaning into the wind. The same used to be true in the world of SPARC processors, back in the early 90's when the data bus was still operating at 32 bits.

A company called Weitek produced a clock doubling SPARC processor which was a user installable upgrade for single processor workstations like the SPARCstation 2. At about the same time another company, Ross Technology brought out its hyperSPARC chips for multi-processor systems like the SPARCstation 10 and 20. The hyperSPARCs were typically 30% to 40% faster than Sun's own SuperSPARC chips at that time. Both products achieved significant market share (upto about 20% of compatible systems). Both products attacked Sun at its core, and this was good for users because they got faster products quicker and cheaper. The change to 64 bits gave Sun an advantage over wouldbe chip rivals, because Sun controlled the operating system. Fujitsu owned HAL Computer launched the first 64 bit SPARC workstation in 1995, but within weeks Sun did the same, and little more was heard of HAL until the company was closed down some years later.

Sun's recent acquisition of Afara Websystems deals a death blow to the prospect of a rank outsider coming in with acceleration options anytime soon for owners of legacy Sun servers. Fujitsu still makes its own SPARC chips, but 1995 was the last time that a Fujitsu designed SPARC chip ran faster than one from Sun, so it's unlikely that the Sun marketers in Mountain View are trembling in anticipation of what comes next. (Unlike Intel when it comes to new product announcements by AMD.) The Sun marketers already know that the next fastest SPARC chip will be one designed by Sun. And when they're good and ready, they'll let you buy it.

In the meantime if you're a Sun user and would really like that 30% speed up now, without having to change a single line of SPARC applications software, take a look at Solid state disks. There's always a solution if you look hard enough.

However, Microsoft's recent announcement of the Internet Blueprint for the Microsoft Systems Architecture looks like it's intended to cut off Sun's oxygen supply. Cleverly though, this aggressive move into the Dot-in-dot-com's native territory is unlikely to fall foul of anti-trust lawyers because it's being described as a "partnership" designed architecture, which includes Dell, EMC and other leading companies. My guess is that Sun's lawyers will be looking at this just as closely as Sun's marketing department.

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